Concentrations

Concentrations let you individualize your BCom program and go beyond the scope of your primary option.

  • Sustainability
  • E-Business
  • Entrepreneurship
Sustainability

This concentration will expose you to the environmental, economic, and social sustainability challenges faced by today’s business leaders.

You must complete a total of 12 credits of sustainability studies from a variety of both commerce and non-commerce courses as listed below. The 12 credits also count towards fulfillment of your electives requirement.

 

Sustainability requirements
9 credits from:
COMM 386ABusiness Ethics Leadership
COMM 386E1Social Enterprise
COMM 386I2Innovation and Sustainability
COMM 386JStrategies for Responsible Business
COMM 386L3Impact Investing: Social Finance in the 21st Century
COMM 460Social and Nonprofit Marketing
COMM 486CCorporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics (no longer offered)
COMM 4874
Environmental Management
COMM 486F5
Sustainability Marketing
COMM 486LSustainable and Strategic Real Estate Investment and Community Development (no longer offered)
COMM 495Business and Sustainable Development (no longer offered)
1 COMM 386E can be counted toward both the Year 4 Entrepreneurship option requirement and the Sustainability concentration. A maximum of three credits of coursework within your degree can be applied to fulfill both option and concentration requirements.
COMM 386I can be counted toward both the Year 4 Entrepreneurship option requirement and the Sustainability concentration. A maximum of three credits of coursework within your degree can be applied to fulfill both option and concentration requirements.
3 COMM 386L can be counted toward both the Year 4 Entrepreneurship option requirement and the Sustainability concentration. A maximum of three credits of coursework within your degree can be applied to fulfill both option and concentration requirements.
4 Formerly COMM 486E.
5 COMM 486F can be counted toward both the Year 4 Marketing option requirement and the Sustainability concentration. A maximum of three credits of coursework within your degree can be applied to fulfill both option and concentration requirements.
And 3 credits from courses with a social sciences or a natural sciences focus:
social sciences
ASTU 210/EDUC 210Global Citizenship
CONS 425Sustainable Energy: Policy and Governance
ECON 370Benefit-Cost Analysis and the Economics of Project Evaluation
ECON 371Economics of the Environment
HIST 106Global Environmental History
HIST 396Environmental History of North America (not offered in 2016W)
PHIL 434ABusiness and Professional Ethics
PHIL 435AEnvironmentals Ethics
POLI 351Environmental Politics and Policy
natural sciences
APBI 361Key Indicators of Agroecosystem Sustainability
CONS 200Foundation of Conservation
CONS 210Visualizing Climate Change
ENVR 200Introduction to Environmental Science
EOSC 212Topics in the Earth and Planetary Sciences 
EOSC 217The Science and Practice of Sustainability (no longer offered)
EOSC 312The Earth System and Environmental Evolution (no longer offered)
EOSC 314The Ocean Environment
GEOG 204Forest and Agricultural Climatology (no longer offered)
GEOG 310Environment and Sustainability
SCIE 220Introduction to Sustainability (no longer offered)

Other courses that are deemed to have a strong focus in social or environmental sustainability may be used to count towards the concentration upon approval from the Undergraduate Office.

The courses for the Sustainability concentration are counted towards your elective credits. If the courses required for the Sustainability concentration overlap with the required courses in your option, only one can be counted toward both requirements.

E-Business

The E-Business track will be discontinued as of May 2015, however, students who started the track prior to May 2015 (that is, have completed at least one of the required courses) will be permitted to finish it and will be eligible to receive a Certificate in E-Business.

Many of the courses that were originally part of the e-business track are no longer offered and topics are now covered throughout the BCom curriculum. Students can take e-business courses that are still being offered and count them as electives in their program, however, a Certificate in E-Business will no longer be awarded.

 

E-Business requirements
COMM 335Information Systems Technology and Development
And two of the following courses:
COMM 336Introduction to E-Business
COMM 435Developing E-Business Applications (no longer offered)
COMM 442E-Business and Supply Chain Management
COMM 464Digital Marketing (formerly titled E-Marketing) 
COMM 496E-Business Strategy (no longer offered)

The courses for the E-Business track are counted towards your elective credits. If the courses required for the e-Business track overlap with the required courses in your option, only one can be counted toward both requirements.

Entrepreneurship

Effective September 2014, the Entrepreneurship concentration will no longer be available for students entering Year 3 of the BCom program. 

The information presented here is intended for students who started the concentration prior to September 2014. Students wishing to pursue studies in entrepreneurship are encouraged to complete the Entrepreneurship option.

You must complete four courses in the Entrepreneurship concentration. We recommended that you begin with the COMM 486T in Year 3 followed by three further specialized courses in Year 4.

 

Entrepreneurship concentration requirements
Year 3 - one of the following:
COMM 486T1Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship (prior to 2013 Winter Session)
COMM 486T2The Economics of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (2013 Winter Session)
1 Students who complete COMM 486T prior to the 2013 Winter Session cannot receive credit for COMM 497 (COMM 49x requirement in Year 4 must be met by taking one of COMM 491, COMM 492, or COMM 498).
2 As of September 2014, COMM 486T has been renumbered as COMM 382 for those students pursuing the Entrepreneurship option.
Year 4 - three of the following:
COMM 3873Entrepreneurial Finance
COMM 388Design Strategies for Business Innovation
COMM 3894Creativity in Business
COMM 4665New Venture Design
COMM 482New Product Development
COMM 486OIT-Preneurship (1) (no longer offered as of 2014W)
COMM 486PIT-Preneurship (2) (no longer offered as of 2014W)
COMM 486Y6The Business Plan (no longer offered as of 2014W)
3 This course was formerly numbered COMM 486X.
4 This course was formerly numbered COMM 486K.
5 Students must receive instructor approval to register in COMM 466 New Venture Design. It counts as one course towards the entrepreneurship concentration. BCom students can use this course to satisfy the COMM 468 requirement (3 credits) in the Marketing option and the COMM 49x requirement (3 credits equivalent to COMM 497) in Year 4. Students may receive credit for only one of COMM 466 and COMM 497.
6 Students may receive credit for only one of COMM 486Y and COMM 497. COMM 486Y may not be used to satisfy the COMM 49x requirement.

Will a concentration or a track appear on my transcript?

Neither a concentration nor a track will be noted on your transcript, but you will receive a certificate of recognition at the time of graduation.


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